On this page, you will find the details of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs) and what to do if you ever have a safeguarding concern about your child or any other child here at PhoenixPlace.
You will also find a number of links which will provide you with useful information about a range of safeguarding concerns and issues and this is updated on a regular basis.
If you have any safeguarding concerns, in the first instance please call the School on 0207 703 7189 to speak to one of the SG team or via the email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any email regarding safeguarding that is being sent during school holidays (or any period where the school is closed), should also be sent to email@example.com and the duty DSL will pick up the concern.
PhoenixPlace is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff, stakeholders and visitors promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
We aim to ensure that child protection concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the specific needs of the individual child, in a culture of safeguarding where we aim to foster an atmosphere of trust, respect and security.
To ensure that all students are safe, we work in conjunction with partnership agencies, staff, parents, visitors and members of the community to support our safeguarding procedures. We take our responsibilities for safeguarding children in our care seriously.
Many students have expressed their appreciation of the amount of support that the school has given them.
We work closely with our Safer Schools Team (Metropolitan Police) and they act as a first point of contact between the school and the police.
PhoenixPlace recognises the difficulties that young people and their families face in today’s society every day. We are committed to offering equal opportunities and support to all of our students.
The school runs activities, workshops and educate through PSHE/RSE lessons to raise awareness during the school year to support students’ understanding and management of potentially unsafe or concerning situations including bullying, online safety and other specific safeguarding issues that may arise.
Support and mentoring schemes are made available to students to equip them with the required tools to make the right decisions and develop independence whilst keeping themselves safe by knowing how to access help when they need it.
Please see below the specific safeguarding concerns that could arise and some links to guide you.
At PhoenixPlace we have put in place appropriate safeguarding policies, procedures and responses for children who go missing from education, particularly for those with persistent absences.
All children, regardless of their circumstances, are entitled to a full time education which is suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs they may have. Local authorities have a duty to establish, as far as it is possible to do so, the identity of children of compulsory school age who are missing education in their area.
It is essential that all staff are made aware of the signs to look out for and the individual triggers to be aware of when considering the risks of potential safeguarding concerns such as travelling to conflict zones, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and criminal exploitation.
All schools must inform their Local Authority of any student who fails to attend school regularly, or has been absent without the school’s permission for a continuous period of 10 school days or more, at such intervals as are agreed between the school and the local authority. Download the Children missing education: statutory guidance for local authorities.
At PhoenixPlace we have a culture of safeguarding. As a school we do not tolerate any form of sexual harassment or violence.
As per government guidance in 'Keeping Children Safe In Education 2021', PhoenixPlace works on the assumption that sexual harassment and violence ‘could happen here' and insists that no member of our community ever treats sexual violence or harassment as 'banter' or 'a part of growing up'.
In order to ensure our culture of safeguarding is consistent and embedded throughout, the PhoenixPlace puts a series of proactive measures to reduce the risk of such incidents. Along with regular reinforcement, staff and student training and consistency, the key strategy is education, specifically of appropriate behaviour through our PSHE/RSE programme.
Staff and students are trained to ensure they can recognise potential signs of abuse and how to report them. We aim to educate students to understand sexual harassment may appear in many forms, and all members of our community have a duty to report any possible sign of sexual harassment or violence.
These may include but are not limited to:
Sexualised behaviour sits on a continuum with five stages:
When the school is made aware of an alleged incident of sexual harassment or violence we take every step to ensure the student making the disclosure feels supported. The school then completes a detailed investigation and works with our local safeguarding partners to arrive at a fair conclusion, before recording the incident and outcomes on CPOMS.
A guide for Parents/Carers
As noted, sexual harassment can take place anywhere and at anytime.
Please click HERE to download a copy of Talking to your child about online sexual harassment: A guide for parents, which supports parents in discussing online sexual harassment with their children.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child into sexual activity, in exchange for something the victim needs or wants and/or for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. It may, or may not, be accompanied by violence or threats of violence.
The abuse can be perpetrated by males or females, and children or adults. It can be a one-off occurrence or a series of incidents over time, and range from opportunistic to complex organised abuse.
The victim can be exploited even when the activity appears to be consensual. Children or young people who are being sexually exploited may not understand that they are being abused. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They often trust their abuser and may be tricked into believing they are in a loving, consensual relationship.
CSE can include both physical contact (penetrative and non-penetrative acts) and non-contact sexual activity. It can also happen online. For example, young people may be persuaded or forced to share sexually explicit images of themselves, have sexual conversations by text, or take part in sexual activities using a webcam. CSE may also occur without the victim’s immediate knowledge, for example through others copying videos or images.
Expert and professional organisations are best placed to provide up-to-date guidance and practical support on specific safeguarding issues. Please visit www.nspcc.org.uk. Also available is the government guidance on the issues listed below via www.gov.uk
My Phone - keeping it safe - guidance from the police
www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date security advice
www.ceop.police.uk – Website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/professionals-online-safety-helpline - Resources for professionals working in the area of safeguarding with children and young people, but could also be of interest to parents
Kidscape - Helping young people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and safeguarding issues across the UK
Childline – Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19
NSPCC – The leading children’s charity in the UK
Talk to Frank – Advice for young people.